Overcome Dental Anxiety
When people think about going to the dentist, it can sometimes involve feelings of stress, fear, and anxiety. Many patients feel uneasy about visiting a dental office, even if it’s just for a routine cleaning and check-up. At Southern Oaks Family Dental, we make sure every patient is relaxed during their dental treatment by using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest techniques in sedation dentistry. We get the job done with ease while maximizing comfort, allowing you to walk away from your dental experience without painful memories. We understand your worries and will work with you to achieve the best experience possible.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry allows patients to overcome their anxiety and fears about going to the dentist by sedating them to alleviate these feelings. Since everyone has a unique level of pain tolerance, we provide our patients with light, moderate, and deep sedation levels. Ultimately, the choice of sedation dentistry is not required or limited for specific systems; however, most people who opt for oral sedation fall into one of the following categories:
- Sensitive oral nerves
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Small mouth that becomes easily sore
- Fear of needles
- Bad experience with dental work in the past
- Difficulty controlling movement
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Our dentist can administer several types of sedation based on your needs, ranging from light sedation to general anesthesia.
We offer three types of dental sedation, including:
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation – More commonly known as laughing gas, this type of sedation involves a gas that wears off once you start breathing it in. Because of the short-term
effects, patients who receive nitrous oxide can still drive themselves home after procedure.
- Oral Sedation – Also called conscious sedation, this involves taking a prescribed dose of sedation before your treatment begins. Depending on your case, we may have you take a pill the night before, and another pill an hour before the procedure. This type of sedation will leave you wide awake during the entire process, as well as significantly relax you. Typically, patients remember little to nothing when the sedation wears off.
- IV Sedation – With IV sedation, an anesthetic drug is injected into the veins to achieve complete sedation. Patients are virtually awake and can still respond to physical and verbal cues and will also be in a state of relaxation and calmness.